Welcome to the website of the Sandgate Brighton Catholic Parish. We are pleased that you have taken the time to find out a little more about our community.
Our parish boundary stretches from Brighton, through Sandgate and Shorncliffe to Deagon, however all are welcome within our community and we are blessed with parishioners from a number of neighbouring suburbs. Within our parish we give thanks and celebrate our two beautiful sister churches – Sacred Heart Church at Sandgate and Church of the Real Presence at Brighton. Both have a rich and proud history and provide us with the platform, the framework of faith to further the mission of Christ.
At Sandgate and Brighton we are blessed with two thriving catholic primary schools, Sacred Heart at Sandgate and St Kieran’s at Brighton. St Patrick’s College at Shorncliffe is also located within our parish and provides education for boys from Year 5 to 12.
The thirty fourth Sunday of ordinary time marks the end of every liturgical year. Most importantly, it is the solemnity of Christ the King. It is a good time to reflect on this most unusual king and his kingdom. What is this Kingdom, this Kingdom of God, and this Kingdom of heaven? We hear and read this expression many times and seldom stop to think what it really means.
And also we celebrate as the thanksgiving weekend for the blessings and protection God has given us, for the prosperity we enjoy, and for the generosity and good will of our people which we enjoy in our daily life especially for the blessings we enjoyed this year as we come to the end of Year. We should be able to raise our heart like our Blessed mother saying, “The almighty has done great things for me, and Holy is His name”. So let us be grateful to God and brothers and sisters. And also join together this Sunday 9am thanks giving mass which shows our unity in diversity.
In the Gospel of Luke: 17: 11-19, describes how one of the ten lepers Jesus healed, a Samaritan, returned to Jesus to express his gratitude while the nine Jewish lepers did not return to thank the healer. We need to thank God for everything. For Catholics the most important form of thanksgiving prayer is the Eucharistic celebration. In fact, Eucharist is the Greek word for thanksgiving. In the Holy Mass we offer the sacrifice of Jesus to our Heavenly Father as an act of thanksgiving, and surrender our lives on the altar with repentant hearts, presenting our needs and asking for God’s blessing
The Gospel reading on this weekend describes Christ the King coming in Heavenly glory to judge us, based on how we have shared our love and blessings with others through genuine acts of charity in our lives. Jesus is present to us now, not only as our Good Shepherd leading, feeding, and healing his sheep, but also as dwelling in those for whom we care. In the parable of the separation of the sheep from the goats at the Last Judgment, every person to whom we give ourselves, “whether hungry, thirsty or a stranger, naked, sick or in prison,” is revealed to us as having been the risen Jesus. Our reward or punishment depends on how we have recognized and treated this risen Jesus in the needy.
From Sunday, 4 November until 10 December, Childrens’ Liturgy is offered EVERY SUNDAY (except Thanksgiving Sunday 26 November) during the 9am Mass at Sandgate.
All children welcome!
Families considering enrolment for their children to be prepared to receive the Sacrament of 1st Holy Eucharist are strongly encouraged to regularly attend weekend Mass.
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Preparation to receive the Sacrament of 1st Holy Eucharist will be offered to children who have received the Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation. Preparation will begin with parent attendance at an information session in April 2024 (date to be confirmed). Enrolment forms will be provided at this session.
Workshops will be held in Brighton Parish Hall beginning at 4.00pm
Workshop 1 – 27 April
Workshop 2 – 4 May
Workshop 3 – 11 May
Sacrament of 1st Reconciliation will be celebrated in Sacred Heart Church on Friday 17 May – 6.30pm
Workshop 4 – 18 May
The 1st Eucharist Mass will be held on the weekend of 25/26 May. Two Masses will be considered depending on numbers enrolled.
Ministries at our Parish
We have a range of ministries at our Parish and we are always looking for volunteers to join us.